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and tonight, at last, some news on one of the plans. abc's jon karl is on capitol hill with that. jon? >> reporter: diane, there is some real drama going on right now here in the house. they were supposed to be voting on john boehner's debt ceiling bill. that has been delayed. and if you look down that hallway, john boehner's office is right down there and he is s there, trying to get the votes he needs to pass his bill. he's not there yet. this is the bill that could increase the debt ceiling by about $900 billion, only about six months worth. because it would force the president to come back and go through this all over again. but what boehner is finding is that a lot of those tea party republicans don't want to vote for this. he has put his speakership on the line, saying that he cannot lead if they don't support him. so, the question now is, diane, will he get the votes to pass the republican plan? >> can he get his republicans in line? jon karl, standing by, watching it all. and, of course, while they battle it out on the hill, on capitol hill, there is a secret scramble behind t
appearing stronger heading into the 2012 race than he was just a few weeks ago. we want to bring in jon karl to help weigh in on these numbers. jon, we were talking earlier on the surface it seems like a few points shift here. but given the backdrop of this economy and unemployment this is fairly dramatic. >> reporter: is pretty dramatic. and the factor seems to be the debt ceiling standoff. take a look at the numbers against mitt romney, the president has opened up a lead, a pretty significant lead you see there of 51% to 44%. the lead is even more dramatic against other other candidates. look where he was a month ago, david. mitt romney was tied with president obama. the big factor here, in fact, the only factor that has really changed is that independent voters have moved away from the republicans and towards the president. >> so, independent voters watching the debt showdown and weighing in. >> reporter:s that's exactly right. and don't like the way the republicans have been handling it. >> speaking of the republicans, you take a look at how they're stacking up with the race. and a famil
's a question that's been asked before -- why not send your children to public school? here's abc's jon karl tonight. >> reporter: newly elected mayor rahm emanuel's famously hot temper was on display with an interview in chicago when he refused to answer a question about where his kids will go to school. >> mary ann, let me break the news to you. my children are not in a public position. the mayor is. and as long as i'm -- >> you don't think it will be news where they go to school? >> no, i think you will do that. but let me be -- you need to understand. you are asking me a value statement, not a policy. no, you have to appreciate this. my children are not an instrument of me being mayor. my children are my children. >> reporter: political leaders, of course, have a right to family privacy just like everyone else. but the "where do your kids go to school" question is not a new one. last year, president obama was asked if his daughters would get as good an education in a d.c. public school as they do in private school. >> i'll be blunt with you. the answer is no right now. the d.c. public sc
question. christiane, thanks to you. and tomorrow on "this week," arizona republican senator, jon kyl, among the guests. intimately involved in those behind-the-scenes talks. >>> we turn overseas tonight and to a cry for help from one of the most desperate places on earth. hundreds of thousands of families, mothers and children, fleeing the drought in somalia. abc news is the first network to report from the scene. tonight, our lama hasan reports on the disaster in the desert. she's in kenya, at a refugee camp bursting at the seams tonight. >> reporter: they are exhausted. starving and desperate for help. >> the drought is turning one of the world's worst humanitarian crises into a human tragedy of unimaginable proportion. >> reporter: these families are carrying only what they can. their malnourished kids. they have survived an agonizing journey. little food or water, through dusty, desolate land. >> our children are dying. this one just died in my arms. >> reporter: these somali refugees have just arrived here. they've been walking for weeks get food and water. at a nearby camp, we
security check riding on the outcome. abc's jon karl joins us now, from washington, with the latest. what about it? how close are we finally to a deal? >> reporter: getting close to a deal with the house speaker, john boehner. the outlines of this deal include up to $3 trillion in spending cuts over the next ten years including some cuts to popular entitlement programs like medicare and social security. also, elizabeth, it would include a promise or a commitment that congress would bring more money in through tax revenues by reforming the code, closing some of those loopholes. that's something that congress would act on over this last year. >> that last one, isn't that disguise? a tax increase in >> reporter: well, certainly some will call it that. the rates won't go up. congress would have to act over the next year. if they didn't ago, automatic steps would be taken that both sides wouldn't like which would be tax hikes and spending cuts. possibly, elizabeth, they're talking about repealing part of the health care bill. >> even if president obama and speaker boehner reach a deal they hav
was looking for entered the president answered a question for the house >> jon baker about the federal debt and dropped. in washington i'm karen with kron4 . >> the a's should out the mariners at the coliseum gary has highlight on that straight ahead in this past january, see how delivered a postseason run for the ages. tonight the former cal barrett joins gary live in the studio along with the tampa bay bucs quarterback joshi and johnson. what a lineup. coming up next. >> the pastor of a college basketball star much too soon, he died today at the age of 47 collapsing while playing a pickup game in his hometown of pittsburgh. the cause of death is undetermined pending an autopsy he made his name plane for u.n.l.v. on the 1987 final 1400 jerry and he is the star player on that team second overall pick in the 1987 draft. armon played 13 years in the nba heat passes today at age 47. stays like the giants having trouble scoring runs. now the first time in his career he does not make the all- star game, that is a big deal in japan especially what is happening to suzuki. now he goes the distan
and there is still no agreement on what to do. sounds like a broken record. >> absolutely. as abc's jon karl reports it's not just democrats versus republicans, it's republicans versus republicans. >> reporter: john boehner is cracking the whip. he convened a meeting of all 240 house republicans today. sources who were there tell abc he had a blunt message for tea partyers. get your ass in line, he said, i can't do this job unless you are behind me. >> get you guys in line? >> we are a team, we are about trying to move the country forward. >> reporter: the tough talk does appear to be working. but it's not an easy sell. some of the tea partyers still just don't believe those dire warnings about government default. >> armageddon happens at midnight, august 3, is not the case, it is not true. >> reporter: kevin mccarthy, the third ranking republican in the house, urged republicans to unite behind boehner's plan by showing this clip from "the town." >> i need your help. i can't tell you what it is, you can never ask me about it later, we're going to hurt some people. >> which car we going to take? >> r
tracking all the latest for us overnight. good morning, jon. >> reporter: good morning, robin. we are reaching crisis time here on capitol hill. the republicans delayed a vote on their bill in the house because they don't even have enough republican votes to pass their own bill. democrats don't have the votes to pass their bill, either. the only thing certain up here right now is that everything is in doubt. >> we appreciate you calling. >> reporter: the calls are pouring in. plenty of outrage. but like congress itself, the callers seem hopelessly divided. >> i would really like for him to hold the line against any deal in congress. >> i am calling to ask that you cooperatatwith the president's efforts. >> reporter: the whole place seems to have broken down. republicans can't even convince some of their own members to vote for the republican plan. in a closed door meeting, republican leader eric cantor told fellow conservatives to, quote, stop whining and support the bill. acknowledging, quote, the debt limit vote sucks. across the country, that's the view o
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